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Mar 28, 2023 Nobo Komagata
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While attachment is crucial in attachment theory, non -attachment is valued in Buddhism. Is there any contradiction between these two? For example, would it be absurd to pursue both attachment and non-attachment, as can be seen in the practice of mindful parenting? Since both attachment theory and Buddhism explore the essence of well-being, it would be useful to identify the connection between them. This essay discusses relevant notions and points out that there is no contradiction between...
Topics: psychology, attachment, attachment theory, Buddhism, well-being, parenting
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Touching upon the original ideas of the Buddha mainly through Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s interpretation and exposition, this essay uses a radically simplified and modernized version of diagrams to explore the notion and practice of "right mindfulness." 4NT-N8P Summary ( jpg )
Topics: Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness, dependent origination, diagrams
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Mar 28, 2023 Nobo Komagata
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In this essay, I criticized the behavior management aspect of PBS from several different angles, mainly through the notion of asymmetrically-dependent power structure.
Topics: education, positive behavior support, positive behavioral intervention and support, punishment,...
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Although virtually unknown outside Japan, there is an extremely effective approach to periodontal home care. This approach was developed by Dr. Tsuneo Katayama (1910 – 2006), a Japanese periodontist with over fifty years of clinical and research experience. This essay introduces the basics of the Katayma method with the author's own experience.
Topics: health, well-being, periodontitis, gum disease, toothbrush, Tsuneo Katayama
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Mar 28, 2023 Nobo Komagata; Sachiko Komagata
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Mindfulness and Flow Experience
Topics: mindfulness, flow, psychology
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The main point of this essay is that true learning occurs not because of teaching as we normally understand.
Topics: education, teaching, learning, intrinsic motivation
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Although the k statistic has been used widely as an indicator of rater agreement, there have been some concerns about the existence of different definitions and some peculiar results involving skewed data. This note evaluates different definitions of k and also demonstrates that the problem with directly comparing k values, especially for skewed data, can be avoided by comparing their significance.
Topics: statistics, kappa statistic
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The essence of this essay can be captured in the following quote from Harrison's book: “Can education shift from its current model of shaping children into components of economic production, into an active experiment in optimizing the creativity of the whole child?” In contrast to the selling mode of education, this essay echoes past progressive educators’ message in some specific way and introduces a new metaphor of education (from the educator’s view point) as a “buying” process.
Topic: education
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Complete course materials in Discrete Mathematics offered at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Course title: Discrete Structures of Computer Science (CMSC210 Fall 2003).  Featureing: Aligned learning goals and assessment, Real-life topics, Logic-Structure connection, No exams, Self-evaluation, Mini project, etc.
Topics: computer science, discrete mathematics, discrete structures, logic, mathematical structures,...
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Complete course materials in Theory of Computation offered at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), CSC460/CMSC460 Spring 2005.  Featureing: Aligned learning goals and assessment, Real-life topics, Super-Turing/interactive comptation, No exams, Self-evaluation, Portfolio, Research project, etc.
Topics: theory of computation, computer science, super-turing computation, interactive computation,...
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Mar 28, 2023 Nobo Komagata; Sachiko Komagata
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How many of us are fully making sense of our lives? Ava’s Bedside introduces a fable in which a dying hippo struggles with this question. Through conversation with other hippos, she finally realizes what is missing from her life. This book also contains a detailed commentary on the fable. The commentary discusses the importance of secure child-parent attachment for a meaningful life, referring to ideas in attachment theory
Topics: psychology, parenting, well-being, attachment theory
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This thesis has examined physical therapists’ (PTs’) beliefs about successful patient outcomes (SPO). Literature on PTs’ beliefs about SPO is extremely limited and outcomes are not clearly defined. The purpose of this research was to obtain a deeper understanding of PTs’ beliefs about SPO by asking: 1) what are PTs’ beliefs about factors that facilitate SPOs; 2) what are PTs’ beliefs about factors that interfere with SPOs; and 3) what factors influenced the formation of PTs’...
Topics: physical therapy, qualitative research, dissertation
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Attachment Theory Overview. Adapted from Ava’s Bedside: Making Sense through Attachment.
Topics: psychology, attachment theory, Ava's Bedside
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Mar 30, 2023 Nobo Komagata
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Coordination of unlike categories, e.g., at the complement position of predicative be , has been a problem for grammar formalisms and NLP systems. Unlike all previous approaches, this paper challenges the very assumption that such coordination is of unlike categories, by introducing a new category that covers certain NPs, AdjP, etc., on the semantic ground. The paper argues that such a move does not introduce new problems; all the problems discussed in the paper must be dealt with by...
Topics: linguistics, coordination, unlike categories, syntax-semantic interface
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Mar 30, 2023 Nobo Komagata
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Pragmatic Phenomena as Living Fossils of Language Evolution
Topics: linguistics, pragmatics, language evolution
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Mar 30, 2023 Nobo Komagata
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Linguistic analysis of whether pseudoclefts exist in the Japanese language.
Topics: linguistics, pseudoclefts, Japanese
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While information structure has traditionally been viewed as a single partition of information within an utterance, there are opposing views that identify multiple such partitions in an utterance. The existence of alternative proposals raises questions about the notion of information structure itself and also its relation to discourse structure. This paper supports the traditional view by observing contextual requirements and linguistic phenomena associated with information structure for each...
Topics: linguistics, information structure, discourse structure, utterance
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Although various forms of ‘theme-first’ principles have been proposed, its universality has been questioned with a number of counterexamples and the existence of arguably ‘rheme-first’ languages. Since theme-first principles still seems to play a significant role in accounting for word order in many languages, it is worth pursuing whether there is a principle that would be consistent with the observation. This paper applies an idea in information theory to the analysis of information...
Topics: linguistics, theme-first, rheme-first, word order, information structure, information theory